Mikayla Butchart is an artist, illustrator, and editor living in Santa Rosa, California.

Mikayla received her BA in English from UC Berkeley, where she subsequently taught American literature, and her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay in 2016 from the School of Visual Art in New York. She currently splits her time between illustrating, graphic design, and an editorial career in book publishing. Mikayla has studied art, illustration, and design at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Parsons The New School for Design, and completed a residency in illustration in 2012 at the School of Visual Art in New York. After living and running her illustration studios in San Francisco and Brooklyn for 15 years, she returned to Santa Rosa in 2017, where she was born and raised.

Clients include Palace Press, The Rumpus, Blue Creek Pictures, The North Bay Bohemian, Free News Projects, Discos Huelga, Pandacide Records, and KQED/NPR, among others.

Awards + Recognition

3x3 Magazine No. 13, Gold Medal, Honorable Mention
Society of Illustrators 58
MFA Illustration Department Merit Scholarship, 2015-16
MFA Illustration Department Merit Scholarship, 2014-15


MFA Illustration Thesis Show, SVA Chelsea Gallery, NY
The Book Show, SVA Gramercy Gallery, NY
The Crying Child, SVA Gramercy Gallery, NY
We Haven't Felt This Way in Years II, Gallery Heist, San Francisco
Heads or Tails, ABCo Art Space, Oakland, California

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